Peter Craven
is a literary and culture critic.

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Theatre August 08, 2015

MTC’s Death and the Maiden

This stark new production sadly robs Ariel Dorfman’s modern classic Death and the Maiden of its considerable power.

Culture July 18, 2015

Moshinsky’s Verdi deeds

Opera director Elijah Moshinsky returns to Australia after 15 years to restage his monumental Don Carlos.

Theatre July 04, 2015

Love and Information – a dazzling piece of theatre

Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information is drama down to its bones, with so much living in the spaces in-between.

Theatre May 23, 2015

Nadia Tass directs Pulitzer-winning play The Flick

Red Stitch’s production of The Flick is a luminous and intimate examination of changing relationships.

Theatre April 18, 2015

Miriam Margolyes’s cast of character

The astonishing Miriam Margolyes is wasted in the greatest hits show The Importance of Being Miriam.

Theatre March 07, 2015

Jane Turner helps lift MTC’s Jumpy off the ground

Led by Jane Turner, the women in Jumpy make a mockery of those who turn their noses up at simply being entertained.

Theatre January 31, 2015

Strictly Ballroom a dream half realised

Baz Luhrmann's film-turned-stage-musical may be a little out of step, but it hits some high notes.

Theatre December 13, 2014

Benedict Andrews’ big screen A Streetcar Named Desire.

In Benedict Andrews’ A Streetcar Named Desire, filmed for cinema, Gillian Anderson delivers a lustrous Blanche DuBois.

Theatre November 08, 2014

Stage version of Once hits the right notes

An intimate musical on a grand stage, Once cleverly entwines its songs and story by telling a tale of people with music in the blood.